Emotional detachment is the opposite of emotional attachment and empathy. People who’re emotionally detached are unable to fully engage with their feelings and the feelings of others.
For some people, emotional detachment is a personality trait. They consistently show behaviors that scream emotional distance. For others, emotional detachment is a strategy they occasionally deploy to deal with uncomfortable emotions.
Showing a consistent pattern of emotional detachment often has its roots in adverse childhood experiences. Long story short, these people miss out on learning how to emotionally connect with others.
Needless to say, they experience a lot of problems in their relationships.
Extreme emotional detachment could stem from introversion, sociopathy/psychopathy, or a personality disorder.
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